Deep Ellum Art WalkCentralTrak, the University of Texas at Dallas artist residency and gallery, will offer art to be seen as well as heard in two free events this weekend.

“I hope for a good turnout,” said Heyd Fontenot, the director of CentralTrak. “We want people to come see the space where UT Dallas students live and work.”

On Friday, in a mix of poetry and painting, Mike Guinn will offer a spoken-word performance related to art hanging at the gallery. The featured artist is El Franco Lee II, whose socially reflective paintings confront controversial and unsettling subject matter—such as hip-hop cultural turf wars and the tragedies of post-Katrina New Orleans.

Guinn, a native Texan who holds a master’s degree in social work, was inspired by his job with Child Protective Services to write and perform poetry that advocates for social justice. Guinn’s performance is at 7 p.m. Friday.

Full story available from the UT Dallas News Center.